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11th Workshop on Ontology Design and Patterns - WOP2020

This is the eleventh edition in a series of workshops addressing the topic of ontology and semantic web patterns as best practices, related to the ontologydesignpatterns.org initiative.

The workshop series covers issues related to quality in ontology design and ontology design patterns (ODPs) for data and knowledge engineering in Semantic Web. The increased attention to ODPs in recent years through their interaction with emerging trends of Semantic Web such as knowledge graphs can be attributed to their benefit for knowledge engineers and Semantic Web developers. Such benefits come in the form of a direct link to requirements, reuse, guidance, and better communication. The workshop’s aim is thus not just: 1) providing an arena for discussing patterns, pattern-based ontologies, systems, datasets, but also 2) broadening the pattern community by developing its own "discourse" for discussing and describing relevant problems and their solutions.

For more background on the workshop series, see the main page.

WOP2020 is a full-day workshop consisting of three parts: keynote presentation, paper presentation session, and an interactive Q&A discussion session.


Venue and dates

The eleventh edition of WOP was held in conjunction with ISWC 2020 in Athens, Greece, on Sunday, November 1st, 2020. WOP 2020 is a ** virtual ** workshop this year.


Chris Mungall

Title: Aligning Design Patterns Across Multiple Ontologies in the Life Sciences

Workshop Schedule

Morning Session

EST, New York time

Afternoon Session

Call for Papers and Patterns

We invite the submission of original research results related to the focus areas of the workshop, in one of three categories:

  1. Research papers (maximum 15 pages LNCS style) presenting mature work and established results.
  2. Short papers (maximum 5 pages LNCS style) presenting proposed research directions, novel ideas, or more general positions or discussions.
  3. Ontology Design Patterns (described in paper format, 5-12 pages LNCS style) should solve a particular modeling problem, of relevance either to the broader ontology engineering community or to some specific knowledge domain, in a novel and reusable manner. These must additionally be submitted through the ODP community portal. Note that accepted pattern submissions are presented through a poster session (see below).

Topics of interest

Topics include but are not limited to:

  1. Use of ontology design patterns for any kind of knowledge engineering, including
    • Pattern-based ontology design, conceptual modeling or knowledge engineering broadly
    • Use in knowledge graphs or linked data settings (including pattern-driven linking or data publishing)
    • Pattern-based information extraction, ontology learning, and relation to NLP
    • Use in streaming, ingesting or evolving knowledge
    • Use of patterns for ontology evaluation, quality assurance, ontology selection, integration or alignment
    • Pattern-based development of semantic applications
    • Reasoning with patterns (including automated reasoning, verification, or contextual reasoning)
  2. Methods and tools for developing high-quality ontologies (with or without the help of patterns), including
    • Ontology engineering by domain experts
    • Quality attributes or metrics in ontologies and ontology engineering
    • Quality assurance approaches for ontology engineering
  3. Development or analysis of ontology design patterns, including
    • Pattern extraction
    • Analyses of ontology design patterns or their uses
    • Antipatterns and their relations to ODPs
  4. Development and use of patterns in specific domains, including
    • Date lakes, business intelligence, or Big Data integration
    • Geosciences, life sciences, engineering, digital humanities, cultural preservation
    • IoT, smart homes & cities, smart agriculture
    • Semantic technology including social networks, semantic wikis or blogs


Submissions should be made via the WOP 2020 EasyChair page. Detailed instructions can be found at the submission page. Note that design pattern submissions also need to be submitted to the ontologydesignpatterns.org community portal, as described on that page.

Detailed instructions of the paper presentation Video submissions can be found at the submission page.


Accepted pattern submissions will be expected to present a poster describing the pattern at the workshop poster session.

Accepted research or short papers may also be presented in this manner if the authors would like to, but posters are not mandatory for such submissions.

Important Dates

  • Papers submissions: June 26, 2020 September 8, 2020
  • Papers notifications: August 3, 2020 September 30, 2020
  • Camera-ready submissions: September 2, 2020 October 25, 2020
  • Workshop was held on November 1, 2020


Authors of accepted papers will be invited to contribute extended versions to a book to be published by IOS Press.

WOP Organisation

WOP2020 Chairs

Steering Committee

The WOP Steering committee - the Board of the Association of Ontology Design and Patterns - consists of:

Managing committee

Other board members

  • Aldo Gangemi, ISTC-CNR (elected 2016-2018, re-elected 2018-2020)
  • Karl Hammar, Jönköping University (elected as executive member 2016-2018, elected as regular member 2018-2020)
  • Krzysztof Janowicz, University of California, Santa Barbara (elected 2016-2018, re-elected 2018-2020)
  • Agnieszka Lawrynowicz, Poznan University of Technology (elected 2017-2019)
  • Adila Krisnadhi, Universitas Indonesia (elected 2017-2019)
  • Andrea Nuzzolese, ISTC-CNR (elected as executive member 2016-2018, elected as regular member 2018-2020)
  • Jim Salmons, Citizen Scientist at FactMiners.org and The Softalk Apple Project (elected 2018-2020)

PC members

  • Alba Fernandez Izquierdo, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
  • Mihai Codescu, University of Bremen and Institute of Mathematics ”Simion Stoilow” of the Romanian Academy
  • Giancarlo Guizzardi, Ontology and Conceptual Modeling Research Group (NEMO)/Federal University of Espirito Santo (UFES)
  • Loris Bozzato, Fondazione Bruno Kessler
  • Megan Katsumi, University of Toronto
  • Peter Patel-Schneider, Xerox PARC
  • María Poveda-Villalón, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
  • Vojtěch Svátek, University of Economics, Prague
  • Eva Blomqvist, Linköping University
  • Andrea Giovanni Nuzzolese, University of Bologna
  • Agnieszka Lawrynowicz, Poznan University of Technology
  • Krzysztof Janowicz, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Aldo Gangemi, Università di Bologna & CNR-ISTC
  • Charles Vardeman Ii, University of Notre Dame

WOP 2020 | Start date: 2020/11/02 | End date: 2020/11/03


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